Dutch delivery firm PostNL has opened a new 7,700m² (83,000ft²) sorting hub in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, capable of processing up to 100,000 parcels a day.
The building was granted BREEAM certification thanks to its sustainable operations and minimal environmental impact. This includes the use of sustainable construction materials, solar panels, LED lighting and heat recovery systems.
The hub is PostNL’s 20th sorting facility in the Netherlands and will process parcels for the municipality of Apeldoorn as well as the wider Benelux region. PostNL delivered a total of 207 million parcels in the Netherlands in 2017, 17% more than the previous year.
Liesbeth Kaashoek, director of parcels and logistics, PostNL, said, “Opening this parcel sorting center in Apeldoorn is one of the ways that PostNL anticipates and responds to the growth of e-commerce and is how we choose to invest in our parcel and logistics infrastructure.
“Therefore, we are growing with the expansion of large and small e-commerce parties, and this parcel sorting center makes us even more easily accessible to companies in the region.”
“With 400 job opportunities, it means a wonderful boost for employment,” said Jeroen Joon, alderman for economic affairs for Apeldoorn. “Sustainability is a matter of taking action and PostNL does just that, which we appreciate.”